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Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Card Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia’s GTX 980 is now official and with it comes the wonders of the Maxwell architecture for high-end desktop users. In this review we are taking a look at Gigabyte’s custom cooled G1 Gaming GTX 980 graphics card, pictured above, but we encourage you to check out our Nvidia GTX 980 review first if you haven’t already done so. That review will give you more background on the basis of the Maxwell GTX 980 graphics card whereas this review is more focused on what Gigabyte have done with their GTX 980 to make it different. On paper the most obvious change is a hefty overclock of 100+ MHz in tandem with an unlocking of the GTX 980's power limit to unleash all of its power.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A short while ago we took Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 motherboard to our test bench for a review. As the name suggests that particular motherboard was targeted at Gamers with its feature set and styling. Today we have with us a motherboard targeted at a broader X99 user-base than Gamers. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 is Gigabyte’s most affordable X99 offering but still retains all of the high performance features of the X99 platform. At a fundamental level this board is very similar to the X99 Gaming 5 except the styling uses a different colour scheme, the audio has fewer features and uses a different codec and the Gigabit LAN is now Intel instead of Killer. Overclocking capabilities and features are similar – both boards feature high quality 6 phase designs with International Rectifier PWM controls and there are no onboard buttons or any read-off points. Overclocking buttons and features are reserved for higher end SKUs like the X99 SOC-FORCE. This board still boasts support for up to 8 DDR4 modules, 4-Way GPU configurations, up to 10 SATA III devices or 8 SATA III devices and a SATA Express device and there’s even dual M.2 ports for more storage and optional WiFi/Bluetooth combo cards. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 will undoubtedly be a popular motherboard for Gigabyte just like how their X79-UD5 model was in the last generation. Let’s now take a detailed look at this motherboard’s specifications:
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte X99-UD4 Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the Haswell-E CPUs and X99-based motherboards of Intel’s newest HEDT platform put a considerable dent in the pocket of any enthusiast, there are ways to lighten the cost burden. We recently reviewed the six-core 5820K and found it to be an excellent choice for users who value compute performance and want Haswell-E at the lowest possible cost. Another way to achieve an aggressive budget target is to buy a low cost X99 motherboard. That’s where Gigabyte’s X99-UD4 fits in. Do the features and performance make the sub-£170 board an interesting value option?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Silicon Power Stream S06 3TB External HDD Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tyler checks in with a review of Silicon Power's Stream S06, a USB 3.0 external hard drive that doesn't cost much more than the price of an internal drive."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

StarTech USB Crash Cart KVM Console
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:02P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we investigate a unique device from StarTech, the Crash Cart KVM. For IT professionals, this could be a must-have device for fixing server issues."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 V4 6TB SAS 12Gb/s HDD Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hard disk drive capacities have increased more (skyrocketed is more like it) in the past 5 years than in the 20 years prior and although we've yet to reach the point which I’ve been waiting for (drives exceeding 20TB in capacity) still we do have models with up to a massive 10TB of available space. Of course although not really a surprise such models are usually equipped with SAS connectivity and are primarily aimed towards business users and professionals who require both capacity and performance. Strangely enough however although the new 12Gb/s standard has been around for quite some time now we haven't really seen many models take that step so most in the market still support the previous generation 6Gb/s standard. Today we will be putting through our usual tests one of the latest HDDs to hit the market by our friends over at Seagate, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 V4 6TB SAS 16Gb/s (ST6000NM0034) model.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our second mini-ITX gaming build guide is centered around creating a powerful yet quiet system inside the ultra small, limited edition NCASE M1 case.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

 
How to Overclock an Intel Pentium G3258
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:41P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To reach 4.7GHz was a cinch once I adjusted all the smaller voltage settings. Like all overclockers, it was a journey with many failures along the way. One day it would boot and run Prime95, and the next time Windows would not load. It took a while to sort it out by backing down to 4.5GHz and raising each setting until I settled on the below settings. Then I raised it until it would not go any higher with the set voltage I felt safe with. Even so, the CPU with 1.4v would not pass 4.7GHz.. I consider this the chip's hard limit, which is a staggering 1.5GHz overclock! Since 1.3v is a little high for my tastes, I can lower the voltage slightly and settle with 4.6GHz just fine.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC Monitor
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:40P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
G-SYNC has been a defining technology since it was introduced and BenQ's XL2420G combines it, 3D Vision, a 144Hz refresh rate and a fairly reasonable price into one good looking gaming monitor.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Toshiba MG04 Enterprise 5TB HDD Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:40P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Toshiba's MG04 expands capacity up to 5TB, and marks the first 4Kn sample in our lab. Let's take a look at how it stacks up against other offerings."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Micron M600 256GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:40P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After an exceptionally busy end of year work load we have been able to get a belated look at the Micron M600 Solid State Drive. Today we put it through its paces against many other leading drives on the market this year. The Micron M600 family spans multiple form factors in sizes between 128GB and 1TB, however for our article we are focusing on the 2.5 inch 256GB drive.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 Dashcam GS272-US
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:39P | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is my opinion that in-vehicle cameras have become a necessity for modern drivers. The streets are a dangerous place for motorists, with heavy traffic congestion and driver distractions adding risk to everything from long trips to short commutes. Defensive driving will help prevent some accidents, but every moment after getting into the vehicle is wrought with random chance and uncertainty. It’s never been a question of if you’ll someday be involved in an traffic accident or the victim or violent road rage, it’s a question of when. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the PAPAGO! GoSafe 272 Dashcam.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

BAPCo TabletMark v3 Benchmark Presentation
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:39P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new TabletMark benchmark from BAPCo is one interesting software each hardware enthusiast should check out, which is offered free of charge and thanks to the community the database will grow consistently in order to have comparisons between lots of tablet models which are now present on the market from different manufacturers.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Super Talent DuraDrive AT7 SSD Review (1TB)
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:38P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every now and then, we are fortunate to have SSDs reach our bench that one might not normally find within every day PC systems or servers. Our review today of the Super Talent DuraDrive AT7 SSD is just that; a SSD fully intended for the automobile industry, and more specifically In-vehicle Infotainment Systems. Unlike other examples that we have reviewed though, the DuraDrive AT7 is no more than a SATA 3 notebook size SSD and can easily be flipped inside any PC, as much as it might be used for completely different designs within the auto industry.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Deep-Dive Look At Dell's XPS 13 (2015) Ultrabook
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:38P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell took the wraps off a fresh, new revamp of their popular XPS 13 ultrabook line, out at CES in Las Vegas last week. The new machine was widely considered best-of-show for core computing products and racked-up awards left and right from major publications, including accolades with us here. Dell seemingly hit all the high notes with this machine, from its new 14nm Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell-U processor power plant, to its absolutely stunning 13.3-inch 3200X1800 IPS display that's strapped with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT and nearly completely devoid of bezel on its side and top edges.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Unreal Engine 4 Linux Tests With AMD & NVIDIA
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:38P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This week there was a 22-way graphics card test of Metro Redux on Linux using GeForce and Radeon hardware with the latest AMD and NVIDIA proprietary drivers. Today the newest Linux gaming test candidate to look at is the AMD/NVIDIA Linux performance with the latest Unreal Engine 4 demos. In this article is a look at the UE4 Linux performance on AMD and NVIDIA graphics hardware running with Ubuntu."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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